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COMMENT: Rebuttal to letter to the editor

COMMENT: Rebuttal to letter to the editor

I've been doing this a fairly long time, and I've read lots of writing that has made me angry over the years, but few pieces have infuriated me to the same degree as a letter to the editor published in the Castlegar News last week.

Federal Election Boundaries Commission decision not right say letter writer

Federal Election Boundaries Commission decision not right say letter writer

Editor, The Nelson Daily

It was just one year ago that I attended a hearing (Oct. 2, 2012) by the Federal Election Boundaries Commission at the Best Western Hotel in Nelson.

Civic Theatre lease, Nelson Commons approval, fibre-optics, new fines, bike parking, and more-- Nelson City Council October 7, 2013

Civic Theatre lease, Nelson Commons approval, fibre-optics, new fines, bike parking, and more-- Nelson City Council October 7, 2013

The following is a summary of the Nelson City Council meeting on October 7, 2013.

Nelson Commons

Nelson Commons asked Council for a development variance permit for parking stall size, building height, and number of parking spaces for its planned construction at 708 Vernon Street.

Council voted in favour of the following recommendation from its staff:

What Nelson's city councillors did, and what they learned, at their annual municipal conference

What Nelson's city councillors did, and what they learned, at their annual municipal conference

Every year, hundreds of municipal politicians their senior staff spend five full days at the Union of B.C. Municipalities conference, attending workshops, training sessions, strategy sessions, panels, debates, meetings with provincial ministers, and information sessions. They vote on hundreds of resolutions. They connect with their colleagues from around the province and with provincial politicians.

BC Green Party leader ready to ride into West Kootenays

Green Party interim leader Adam Olsen will be in the Nelson-Creston riding later this month.

The  Nelson-Creston Green party recently announced that interim leader Adam Olsen will be visiting the West Kootenays on October 24-26.

The trip is the first trip away from the elected interim leader of the party on August 25.

"I look forward to visiting south east British Columbia," said Olsen.

RDCK chair pleased with lobbying efforts at Municipalities convention

RDCK chair pleased with lobbying efforts at Municipalities convention

The catastrophe in Johnsons Landing remained on the minds of Regional District of Central Kootenay directors attending the  recent Union of BC Municipalities convention in Vancouver.

Directors continue to press the provincial government about flood protection, along with broadband connectivity and legislation concerning small water systems during the annual gathering of municipal leaders.

City traps skunks, seniors protest buses, council creates zoning bylaw, RDCK thanks Nelson, blogger castigates council: Nelson city council September 30, 2013

City traps skunks, seniors protest buses, council creates zoning bylaw, RDCK thanks Nelson, blogger castigates council: Nelson

Before its Committee of the Whole meeting on September 30, city council held a special meeting to deal with its new land use bylaw.

The city is developing two new bylaws—the  Zoning Bylaw and the Off-street Parking and Landscape Bylaw, both in draft form now—to replace its outdated Land Use Regulation Bylaw.

The proposed bylaws will regulate land use through such things as permitted uses, density, siting and size of buildings, and off-street parking.

Residents step up to tell CBT their priorities

Residents step up to tell CBT their priorities

You logged on, you thought, you prioritized. Now Basin residents can visit CBT’s Thoughtstream websiteto see results from our online engagement pilot project.

Close to 1,400 residents participated in CBT’s Thoughtstream and answered six questions about economic, social and environmental well-being. Over 10,000 thoughts were generated and grouped under main ideas. Participants then assigned stars to those ideas, identifying over 1,800 priorities in total.

LETTER: Councillor defends Pride attendance

LETTER: Councillor defends Pride attendance

Editor's Note: This letter is in response to a missive sent to the Castlegar News by a local resident, in which the resident condemns three city councillors for their attendance representing Castlegar at Nelson's Gay Pride event last summer:

Dear Mr. Kemperman,

Nelson receives climate change research grant from European institute

Nelson receives climate change research grant from European institute

The City of Nelson will be partnering with a major European climate change research institute and receiving money from it to conduct research here.

A $23,000 grant from the Austrian institute known as alpS, based at the University of Innsbruck, will contribute to research in Nelson on how to deal with increased run-off into the downtown during major rainstorms. AlpS specializes in the effects of climate change in mountain communities.

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